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Position Available


Location: Okemos, MI

Michigan Public Health Institute


Program Director Center for Child and Family Health

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Posted: 4/27/2017
EpiMonitor ID: 2017-2326

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Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

·        Provide administrative direction and leadership in the design, development, implementation and evaluation.

·        Coordinate program activities, including analyzing project needs, developing workplans and timelines and writing progress and evaluation reports. Ensures customer service and contract obligations are met.

·        Report project activities and status to the Chief Program Officer, including projects under development.

·        Provide oversight for the recruitment, hiring, supervision, evaluation, and development of personnel.

·        Provide administrative direction to staff in the areas of project development and management.

·        Provide scholarly direction to staff in the areas of technical and scientific principles.

·        Obtain grants, compete successfully for contracts, and expand the resource base of the program.

·        Provide financial oversight, including development and management of budgets, and tracking of project expenses. Maintain a balance between program income and expenses.

·        Develop and maintain continuous quality improvement of administrative and operation systems to facilitate the efficiency and integrity of the program.

·         Ensure compliance with MPHI Institution Research Review Board and HIPAA Privacy Panel policies and procedures.

·         Monitor the quality of all proposals, project activities, and deliverables; monitor and ensure client satisfaction.

·         Ensure compliance with MPHI policies and procedures.

·         Serve as a liaison between MPHI and its partners, clients, and contractors in the generation, development, implementation, and evaluation of projects.

·          Disseminate through meetings with clients and contractors, publications, professional conferences, teaching, community meetings, and other public policy forums, the findings and implications of projects.

·          Generate public confidence, interest, and participation in program activities and projects.

·          Review legislation, federal guidelines, literature and other professional/educational information to keep abreast of developments in the program.

·          Serves on task forces, committees, etc., as necessary to achieve the desired outcomes of the specific projects and facilitate the development of linkages between the Institute and other organizations engaged in similar activities at the national and regional levels.

·          Establish and maintain positive, strong, credible, professional and interpersonal relationships with all parties relevant to MPHI projects, including government and university officials and faculty, and foundation representatives. Maintain and represent the best interests of MPHI at all times.


Education: A Ph.D. in public health, social science or related field.

Experience: A minimum of 5 years of related and progressively more responsible experience in program planning and management; grant writing and management; and administrative leadership. Experience in maternal & child health, child death reviews, case audits, violence prevention, home and recreational safety, and motor vehicle safety preferred.

Important Skills and Characteristics:

·                  Excellent communication, written, and organizational skills.

·                  Strong interpersonal and small group interaction capabilities; ability to work in team situations.

·                  Strong mentoring, negotiation, and leadership skills.

·                  Demonstrated ability to be an effective supervisor.

·                  Sensitivity to political issues.

·                  Ability to plan, organize, and effectively present ideas and concepts to a wide variety of groups in a culturally sensitive way.

·                  Ability to assimilate information from a variety of sources, analyze information, and recommend course of active to be taken,

·                  Ability to work well under pressure, with short timeframes and multiple, competing demands.

·                  Creativity in problem solving.

·                  Commitment to timely completion of projects and responsibilities.

Work Environment and Physical Requirements:

Must have ability to work at a computer and operate normal office equipment. The position may require moderate physical effort including lifting materials and equipment of <50# and involves viewing a CRT and VDT screen 25-75% of the time. May require a valid vehicle operator’s license where needed to perform duties of this position. May require travel (local and out-state) including overnight stays for multi-day trips.

Responsibility for the Work of Others:

 Supervisor: Supervisors hire, discipline, and conduct the performance review of staff, or make effective recommendations for their hire, discipline and performance review. May supervise one or more master’s level managers and/or project coordinators.

 Impact on Projects, Services, and Operations:

The conduct of this position has a substantial impact on the reputation and continued viability of MPHI. This position supports the overall mission of MPHI and increases the projects and resources of MPHI. This position interacts with MPHI clients, potential clients, and other MPHI Program Directors concerning projects that influence MPHI’s reputation, financial position, and its ability to respond appropriately to the interest of its clients.

 Required Communication

Contact Person/Group           Frequency               Purpose

Chief Program Officer


Planning & Status Updates

Program Staff


Supervision, Planning, Problem- solving, Mentoring

MPHI Program Directors


Coordination, Planning



Development, Negotiation, Project Management






Development, Negotiation, Project Management

 “For purposes of employment standards, this classification is “Exempt” from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.”




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